Alfresco Reading Area

University Library now offers an Alfresco Area

In light of the health and safety protocols, the University Library now offers an Alfresco Area located at the library’s side lobby.
Twenty new seats were added to the list of Online Seat Reservations under the General References Section. 📚
This shared outdoor seating area is open for study, work, meetings, and project work, as well as reading and contemplation.
Come and try learning with a visual connection to the outdoors! Key in your seat reservation details here.

Main Library Advisory – ID Validation and iLib Account Request

ID Validation and iLib Account Request

You can now validate your ID and request an iLib Account online through these links :
The Main Library can accommodate the following colleges for ID validation:
  • CAS
  • CAFS
  • GS (under CAS and CAFS program)
  • CAFS/CAS Joint Program
You will be notified through your email once your ID is validated. For other colleges not mentioned, please contact your respective college library. ☺
If you have any queries and clarifications, you may reach us via messenger or email us at [email protected] / [email protected]
Stay safe, everyone!

University Library’s New Online Seat Reservation Platform

University Library’s New Online Seat Reservation Platform

The University Library implemented a Seat Reservation System in providing the UPLB Constituents a space to work and study before coming to the Main Library.

There are eighty-nine (89) seats available for reservation in the Main Library located in the University Special Collections, Leisure Reading Area, Learning Commons, Learning Commons Hallway, General References, and Filipiniana/Serials Section. Each seat has a unique number and the library also offers limited seats with power charging in every section in support of those who will be needing an electrical outlet for their work and study.

UPLB constituents can reserve a seat online for a maximum of nine (9) hours per day. Library users may select their preferred seat, time, and date on the Reservation platform. They may even choose seats from different sections and split their time throughout the day.

Reservations can be made in advance via the Online Reservation Link under Online Services tab on the University Library Website. Once the reservation has been made by the patron, they will receive a confirmation email summarizing the details of their booking.

Patrons must comply with the University Library guidelines in using the library facilities and must show a confirmed reservation for entry. LB LAB ID, validated ID, and Vaccination Certificate is required before entering the Main Library. Access to library space is granted only to those patrons with prior bookings. Reservations are also limited to UPLB Constituents. External library visitors and walk-ins may not be allowed even if seats are available until further notice.

For special cases or events in using the library space, a written request address to the University Librarian is required for approval.

Each section of the library has an assigned staff to disinfect the area in making the visit to the Main Library as safe as possible. Library users are advised to observe health and safety protocols inside the library premises and to stay home if not feeling well and inform the library staff to cancel the reservation.

Seat reservation is available from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, and Friday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. (Meichelle Ann Jenine R. Galapon).  

Univ Lib conducts webinar on streaming workshop for library staff

Univ Lib conducts webinar on streaming workshop for library staff

The Promotion and Marketing Committee of the UPLB University Library organized a webinar on “Streaming Workshop: Essential Tools in Hosting Virtual Events” last August 26, 2021, via Zoom.

The webinar aims to provide helpful tools in order to develop skills in hosting virtual events. Participants have learned the different techniques in controlling the virtual events through various tools and identified tactical ways in making innovative, interactive, and engaging virtual workshops/meetings/events. In opening the program, Ms. Concepcion DL. Saul reiterated the importance of having this kind of webinar and how very timely it is since all of our services and events are held virtually.

Sharing his expertise and wisdom as a resource speaker is one of the college librarians in the Main Library, Mr. Jarien G. Galorio, who has been spearheading a number of library events as well as university-wide events as the head of the technical team.

In his talk, he discussed the essential things needed in holding virtual events such as a checklist, PowerPoint, device set-up, and other technical requirements. He also introduced the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), free and open-source software for video recording and live streaming.

In his demonstration, he has showcased video/audio capturing and mixing in real-time. Participants were also tasked to create scenes made up of multiple sources that include images, text, window captures, and more.

Mr. Galorio also demonstrated the one pc stream up to two pc streams and how to go live in any streaming destinations during virtual events.

The streaming workshop was attended by the staff from the Main Library and Unit Libraries. (Meichelle Ann Jenine Rivas)

University Library launches knowledge digital platform

The University Library (UL) officially launched the University Knowledge Digital Repository (UKDR) on July 23. 

The UKDR, according to University Librarian Concepcion Saul, is UPLB’s new digital platform to store knowledge created by UPLB experts for online access. 

Universtiy Library launches the official institutional repository of UPLB

Universtiy Library launches the official institutional repository of UPLB

The University Library in cooperation with Elsevier launched the University Knowledge Digital Repository (UKDR) as the official institutional repository (IR) of the knowledge outputs and historical materials of the UPLB. Three series of webinars were conducted last July 21, 23, and 28, 2021 via Zoom for the library staff, students, faculty, and researchers as part of the launching.

Memorandum No. 023 Series of 2014 was issued by former Chancellor, Rex Victor O. Cruz designating the University Special Collections (USCS) Section of the Main Library as the University Knowledge Repository Center of all UPLB Publications; the Section ensures that all publications can always be accessible, retrievable, and available.

The UKDR uses a hosted platform from Elsevier’s Digital Commons (DC). Digital Commons is a hosted solution to openly publish, manage, and showcase the full spectrum of the institution’s research and scholarship. The cloud-hosted IR software also features a professional-grade publishing platform for journals, conference proceedings, open educational resources, books, campus newsletters, and magazines.  

Training for librarians and library staff in providing historical and technical backgrounds of the UKDR with the title, “Introduction to UKDR: UPLB Institutional Repository”, was conducted on the first series of the webinar. Ms. Maria Victoria R. Altiche, Head librarian of the USCS, and Mr. Aaron Doran, Consultant of BePress, Elsevier, served as resource speakers. The former talked about the history and purpose of the UKDR, while the latter discussed the different methods on how to populate contents, navigating the platform, and policies and procedures that pertain to accessing and submitting works to UKDR.

On the second series of the webinar which entitled “Managing and Accessing University Publications: an Introduction to the UPLB University Knowledge Digital Repository,” placed the discussion of the UKDR through DC that supports academic teaching and online learning using wider dissemination and increased visibility. Ms. Priyanka Chatterjee, Software Solutions Manager of Elsevier, highlighted the fundamentals of IR principles, concepts, and background that are useful to support the University’s scholarly activities. Ms. Rosa Salvacion R. Bombales, College Librarian from the USCS, showcased a walk-through on how to navigate the platform with the link how the users can perform basic digital repository skills.

The final day of the webinar was conducted again by Mr. Aaron Doran with the title, “Building Your Research Profile with UKDR.” He performed hands-on training for the participants in submitting and depositing their scholarly and creative works to UKDR. The discussion was followed by an open forum wherein the speaker addressed the questions regarding the repository, especially on Copyright Law or Intellectual Property Rights

Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr. graced the opening program and expressed her commendation in the University Library’s efforts and initiatives for the UKDR as a very timely tool since the university has switched to flexible remote learning and as a milestone for the university community.

Ms. Concepcion DL. Saul, the university librarian, who formally closed the program, also expressed her gratitude for presenting to the UPLB constituents the UKDR as the new digital platform to store all UPLB generated knowledge. (Meichelle Ann Jenine Rivas)